What do you like from TJ's?
I enjoy their beef taquitos, pub cheese, chocolate chip and triple-ginger cookies, salsas, chips, and fruit flavored sodas. Not a huge fan of their frozen meals -- too salty. I also like their bath products, especially their tea tree body wash.
What products do you like at Trader's?
I like their masala simmer sauce. I'm making it tonight.
Big & Chunky applesauce, Belgian chocolate pudding, eggnog and coconut water.
The masala veggie burgers are ridiculously good. I'm not even a vegetarian, but I buy them because they are so delicious. It's made of potatoes, vegetables and Indian spices. I eat it as a burger in a bun, but will also have a patty with a slice of toast and an egg for breakfast. My nieces and nephews even eat them saying they taste like round spicy tater tots.
Ginger-almond oatmeal exfoliant soap
Cereals (especially Maple Pecan Clusters).
Dark Chocolate (but not the organic one)
Spring onion ramen
Sweet potato gnocchi, TJ's Dark coffee, hummus. The salads are good too.
Frozen pot stickers and Gyoza(?) sauce are pretty good.
Frozen steelcut oatmeal
They have good canned smoked trout, and it's at a great price.
OP here - just used their frozen seafood medley in a casserole, and it's quite tasty.
Taylor in produce.
TJ's brand Prosciutto
Maple Brown Sugar Shredded Wheat
We ain't got no Trader Joe's -- where they at?
Must be some dinky expensive mid-west chain.
[quote]chocolate chip and triple-ginger cookies
That sounds disgusting. Chocolate does not go with ginger at all, much less triple the amount!
Good prices on energy bars
Juices are great. Pear Cider is a new good one, and Blackberry Crush, and the classic Lemon-Ginger-Echinacea, good to stockpile that one for cold/flu season
Boxed liquid soups (sweet potato bisque, roasted red pepper, etc) are very good, I always keep a few on hand and use them in quick improv meals
Gluten-Free toaster waffles, these taste so good
Their greek yogurt is a bargain compared to all those foofy brands
Canned wild salmon... whatta bargain, $2.79 a 15 oz can
Almond butter, another bargain... almost half the cost of the stuff at wholefoods, but identical good quality
If you are willing to slum (in terms of branding/image) in the bath/beauty products area, honestly their TJ moisturizers are very good basic skin care products.
Szechuan Style Spicy Beef & Broccoli, in the frozen food section.
Chicken pot pies.
Apple chicken sausage.
All the cookies.
Their lemon curd is excellent.
Smoked salmon range is good and a bargain.
The brie with the pink label is very good and fresh and only around $5 a pound. Brie at the regular supermarket is twice the price and usually old and rubbery.
Their Garden Patch vegetable juice. That's pretty much it. Some of their raw nuts.
Bengali in Platforms
We ain't got no Trader Joe's -- where they at?
They are in places where people speak properly. Tough luck for you then
At one point they had a really good been soup but I haven't been able to find it lately.
Hmm, I'm going to have to try the veggie Indian burgers. I assume they're in the freezer section, r3?
I like to buy their bagged lettuces but they often go bad well before the expiration date. If I don't use the bagged lettuce within two or three days, it turns to mush. Anyone else have this problem? And the expiration date is always days away.
I love the camparelli tomoatoes or whatever they're called. Some of the fresh produce, the dairy, the yogurt, etc. Love the cheeses. My favorite cheese is the Israeli feta. OMG, so good. It's got a little brine in it, keeps it moist. It's made with sheep's milk so it's got a tangy bite to it.
I buy the bay blend coffee whole bean. Nut butters and the CORNICHONS. Those are ridiculously delicious. I can't eat regular pickles anymore.
Boxed soups, spices and the frozen cannoli. I know it's hard to believe but the frozen cannoli are so delicious.
Is their mochi(japanese dessert) any good?
They have horrible quality contr problems with their house brand products. Eat that crap at your own risk.
OMG the blood orange soda.
Their gingerbread mix makes the best gingerbread I've ever had & I've tried a lot of recipes.
I like the wholewheat pizza dough -- I divide it in half & freeze it.
Agree with whoever endorsed the pumpkin butter -- it's only available in Autumn & Winter, so stock up -- really excellent.
[quote]That sounds disgusting. Chocolate does not go with ginger at all, much less triple the amount!
Two different kinds of cookies. And the Triple Ginger cookies are amazing.
[quote]Is their mochi(japanese dessert) any good?
Yes, especially the mango flavored ones.
Thanks, R29. I tried what I think was mochi as a little kid(some doughy, japanese dessert thing) didn't like it at the time, but remember the taste and now think I'd like it. Could I be describing any other japanese food? It tasted a bit like sake, so I figured it was rice based.
Also, do any other major stores carry it?
I love their wasabe raviolis. ...also the organic baby alpaca cheese.
[quote]Is their mochi(japanese dessert) any good?
Yes, but only the Japanese brand. Their Trader Joe brand is so horrible that I had to throw it out. Their mochi wrappers were the wrong consistency and tasted like hard gummy paper. And they used coconut ice milk instead of ice cream. The whole product was such a failure that I think they discontinued it.
Thanks R32. Do you know the name of the japanese brand, BTW?
Thanks, R38. Do they have flavors besides chocolate? Also, how authentic do they taste?
They have vanilla, strawberry, mango, coffee, red bean, and green tea. They are the original authentic brand.
Thanks. Anybody know where you can get mochi without ice cream in it? Although I will try the ice cream type, too.
Their frozen pizza is the best.
My podunk Arizona town is getting one, due to open in February, and not without controversy. Our trademark Tea-idiots protested the city's sweet, sweet deal with TJ's as 'socialism' and threatened a boycott, but I'm sure they'll be changing their tune.
So many of these products you love I find detestable, gross, and disgusting.
Are you the same folks who eat at McDonald's?
I like the organic pasta, the risotto, the fresh pomegranates and some of the cheeses along with the peta crackers.
Not a fan of prepared pre-fab food.
I hardly ever shop there anymore as it is too time consuming to read all the labels for country of origin - an awful lot is imported from China.
Triple ginger cookies are great.
The most popular kind at TJ's. They are on back order fro about one month already in No. Calif.
Triple Ginger cookies are horrible. They taste of sugar and not ginger. Very bad product.
Trader Joe's merchandise changes and things aren't always available. My favorites from year ago were Wasabi Cashews.
[quote]"I like the organic pasta, the risotto, the fresh pomegranates and some of the cheeses along with the peta crackers." --R44
R44 suffers from carbface.
Traders Joe's does some very ignorant things when it comes to labeling (mislabeling) food.
They scream their bacon is UNCURED when it is in fact cured with salt and sugar.
They mean to say nitrate free but instead say uncured.
They just sound idiotic when they say those things.
[quote]So many of these products you love I find detestable, gross, and disgusting.
Thanks for sharing that.
dark chocolate covered caramels
Much of their "house brand" items are from other manufacturers. Their Highbrow Chocolate Chip cookies are actually Tate's brand cookies.
I don't get your tone, R53. Do you think other food retailers don't do the same thing? Tate's cookies are not available where I live, but TJs is. It's also probably that TJs sells Tate's cookies for less. I don't see any downside there.
What "tone"? Somebody upthread said that Trader Joe's has problems with quality control with their house brand. I was pointing out that 80% of Trader Joe's "house brand" is from a variety of non-Trader Joe sources, so quality control is something Trader Joe's doesn't deal with.
The real manufacturers deal with it. TJ's just disributes the products.
Okay. Now I understand, R56. I read the Chowhound article where posters were accusing TJs of collusion and I thought you were saying the same thing.
no one mentioned Pumpkin Ice Cream? it's pretty rare, but delicious
Get the Cookie Butter. It's like peanut butter but instead of ground up peanuts, it's made from ground up cookies. Spread it on toast or bagels or baked potatoes.
TJ's Thai Red Curry Sauce is terrific. Use it to dress some rice and some vegetables and/or meats, and you've got a fast and delicious dinner.
The yellow and green... not so much.
Do they still make goose liver pate? Also, I liked their Madrigal cheese. Haven't been back in a long time.
I've never seen goose liver pate.
Rosemary Marcona Almonds.....
The only thing I hate from TJs is their flour. They used to sell King Arthur's, but they started carrying their own store brand. It's gritty and awful.
Get the caviar. Spread it on pancakes. Delish and sure to impress any guest.
Candy Cane Joe Joes. ' Nuff said.
Dark Chocolate Minty Mallows! On the shelves now!
Last week, I tried a little box of dark chocolate caramels sprinkled with kosher salt that were amazing. They were being marketed as a Christmas item. Look for them!
The chocolate covered, peanut butter filled pretzels are completely addictive. I can only buy them if I'm having people over.
I just bought some Oatmeal Cranberry Dunkers with White Fudge Drizzle and I can't stop eating them, they are so good.
[quote]The only thing I hate from TJs is their flour. They used to sell King Arthur's, but they started carrying their own store brand. It's gritty and awful.
Flour is one of the few things I won't buy as a generic. I tried Safeway's and my baked pancakes were as flat and tough a hockey pucks.
I love the peanut butter-filled chocolate-covered pretzels too. And, I just bought a couple of boxes of the chocolate-covered salted caramels...taking them home with me at Christmas.
[quote]At one point they had a really good been soup but I haven't been able to find it lately.
So it's become a "has-been" soup?
Their frozen Belgian waffles are crispy and light and wonderful.
I also love their frozen chocolate croissants. They come four to a package so you can take out one or more, thaw and allow to rise before baking.
That's no joke, R77. Those Belgian waffles of theirs are cheap and GOOD. You won't find a better frozen belgian.
One of my all-time favorite TJs products is the sea salt dark chocolate covered almonds. My GOD, those things are good. They're usually kept over one of the frozen aisles on that top shelf that's just about eye level or above, depending on your height. Lots of sugar and fat, though, and it's really hard to eat just 3 or 4 at a time, so I don't buy them anymore.
Oooh, that reminds me: another product I can't buy anymore because it'll make me fat is their sea salt brownie bites.
ABC nut/fruit mix (almonds, blueberries, cranberries [and golden raisins])
sesame seeded sourdough bread
Cowboy Caviar salsa (corns and beans--you'll be farting for days! pure delight)
Grits (I think they discontinued these however)
free coffee sample
No I am not fat, but I do love that their nacho chips taste better than Doritos and have no MSG.
I keep their mini chicken tacos for those times when people drop by and I have not prepared anything. Everyone seems to love them which is surprising because they are nothing special. I also buy their cheap but delicious baked goods mixes for the same reason.
Their 21 season salute is used daily, it really makes chicken breast taste great. I love pretty much all their salsas, including the Cowboy Cavier, and their Mediterranean hummus is a staple at our house. I eat their Corn Flakes as a cheat meal (empty cals, but so delicious) and the Applegate cold cuts almost makes me less guilty for eating cold cuts. Their steel cut oatmeal is cheaper than I have seen at any other store. The few times I have bought something I didn't like I was able to exchange it.
Their workers almost never look like they want to kill themselves, which adds to the already pleasant atmosphere.
Their sea salt brownies are sinfully good. Just the right combination of salty, sweet, and decadence.
Do they sell anything special at Christmastime?
Living for the wasabi mayo....
Only thing that kind of drives me crazy about shopping at TJ's (and this goes for NYC only) is the constant, constant unloading of boxes and pushing of carts that the employees do in the already-crowded aisles. The cereal aisle at the 21st St/6th Ave location is a nightmare. Half the time I just think, "Forget it. I'll just have eggs and bacon in the morning."
I know there are overnight shifts there. I wonder why so much of that goes on while customers are shopping. I don't recall such an atmosphere at Whole Foods or ANY other grocery anywhere, ever. It's really annoying.
r83 I imagine the items are not being dropped off in the middle of the night and they like to put the items on the shelf as they arrive, which I cannot argue with as produce sitting in the back room is not a good alternative. The employees seem to work their asses off, so although it is annoying to walk around people unloading boxes it is a small price to pay for the good service and selction.
R83, I only see them restocking empty shelves with popular items. Stores have to restock to keep up with demand, and unfortunately demand is highest during their busiest times.
Something else I love is their low sugar apricot preserves. I keep meaning to try the other flavors but I'm hooked on apricot.
They have a great price on almond flour. I buy all of my nuts from them. Their juices are all great, those I've tried anyway.
They sell virgin coconut oil for a great price.
Some neighborhoods in manhattan put up a big fuss about night deliveries to supermarkets being noisy, so the store is not allowed to get deliveries after 9 or 10pm. The trucks are rather noisy.
R86 How strong is the coconut flavor in the oil?
It isn't strong at all. I'm hardly aware of any coconut flavor or scent. It's an excellent all-purpose oil.
+ 1 Rosemary Marcona Almonds...devine
[quote]Do they sell anything special at Christmastime?
Yes. They usually have stuff like stollen, pfefferneusse, winter-spiced coffee, various types of holiday candy, gift items like fancily boxed chocolates and cookies, etc. The holiday edition of the Fearless Flyer (viewable online) will highlight any seasonal specialties.
In urban areas I suspect it costs less for a grocery store to pay someone to stock during the day than to rent/buy a footprint large enough that re-stocking during busy hours isn't necessary.
I'm so over them. Everything has sugar in it, everything, including their frozen fish!
Most items are snack foods and while they put pretty packaging on their ethnic foods, most of it tastes weird or is crap.
None of their produce is organic and you get real tired of buying nonorganic veggies in bags.
The meat is very hit-and-miss and their chicken has sugar in it. And I've tried their packaged ground beef and it was horrendous.
Tom Yam soup, mango ginger chutney, dark chocolate, kimchi, guacamole, salsa verde, dried fruit, nuts, fruit wraps, wine, coffee.
Too bad most of their produce sucks.
Their kimchi is not good--their is not subtlety of flavor.
Their coffee is akin to Folger's.
Let's face it people--you are going there for the cheap bottles of wine.
They also have really good turkeys and ham and all the trimmings during the holidays.
Sorry, R96. I don't drink alcohol and haven't for many years so that's not why I go to TJs.
They appear to be phasing out organic fruits and vegetables. Beware.
And all of their packaged produce seem to come from Mexico.
All of the movement with shelf-stocking and rattling bags of snacks drives me crazy.
The aisles are so crowded you can smell people's farts.
And the free samples attracts frau-moochers.
[quote]The aisles are so crowded you can smell people's farts. And the free samples attracts frau-moochers.
Clearly you should stop shopping with Ina Garten.
[quote]Yes. They usually have stuff like stollen, pfefferneusse, winter-spiced coffee, various types of holiday candy, gift items like fancily boxed chocolates and cookies, etc.
Which of these do you recommend?
Has anyone tried their eggnog?
I love the Lavender Cloth detergent and lavender dryer bags.
Cheese-any kind has been great
Ice Cream/prepared cakes
Veggies and Fruits
"Get the Cookie Butter. It's like peanut butter but instead of ground up peanuts, it's made from ground up cookies. Spread it on toast or bagels or baked potatoes."
R60 Cookie Butter? Spread on a baked potato? Really? Are you typing from your bed at the bariatric clinic?
I need a few shots of insulin and a few capsules of Lipitor after reading this thread.
r103, unclench and drink your kale juice.
R103 I'm fresh out of kale. Can pick me up a few bushels while you're in Trader Joes buying your cookie butter.
Never mind R105. You probably don't have time to shop for me in between your trips to the doctor, the pharmacy and trips to the Casual Male.
What about their egg nog at holiday time? Is it good?
Yes, R107. It's very good.
Speaking of seasonal, they usually have their all-butter frozen puff pastry during the holidays. I'm kicking myself because I was really busy and then gone so I didn't get any this year. I usually stock up for the winter months. Does anyone know if they carried it last year?
Yes, R109. I do the same thing you do; I bought several packages.
R103, R105 and R106 -
Are you fighting with yourself, Sybil?
Pub Cheese-horseradish or jalapeño. How is there no mention of TJ's ciabatta and southwest salmon?
Trolldar is a pain in the ass, hall monitor. You accomplished nothing.
r112 I love their Southwest salmon. It is a bit pricy for me at this time, but if I could I would it every week. Their smoked salmon (lox)is not bad for supermarket grade. The lox is in the long package tastes the best out of their lox offerings. I also like their chicken and barley soup and their lentil soup that is sold in the refrigerated section. I agree about the produce, but I love the bagged apple selection.